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||SAP or timed HE semi-fixed
VT, chaff, and star shells were also available.
|Weight of shell||80 lbs
|Velocity||2672 feet per second
814 meters per second
|Maximum elevation||70 degrees|
|Firing cycle||5-6 seconds (as designed)
In practice, the sustained firing cycle was closer to 8 seconds.
This was the largest quick-firing gun
used by the British
Royal Navy during the war. It was
carried by the King
Vs and Didos.
It has been criticized (e.g. by Brown 2000) for having a shell too
light to properly deal with destroyers, a traversal rate and
firing cycle inadequate against modern aircraft, and low
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